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Sep 14, 2022

Losing to China in AI, Emerging Tech Will Cost U.S. Trillions, Threaten Security, Says Panel

Posted by in categories: biological, economics, government, military, robotics/AI, surveillance

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A grim future awaits the United States if it loses the competition with China on developing key technologies like artificial intelligence in the near future, the authors of a special government-backed study told reporters on Monday.

If China wins the technological competition, it can use its advancements in artificial intelligence and biological technology to enhance its own country’s economy, military and society to the determent of others, said Bob Work, former deputy defense secretary and co-chair of the Special Competitive Studies Project, which examined international artificial intelligence and technological competition. Work is the chair of the U.S. Naval Institute Board of Directors.

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Sep 13, 2022

Popular Medicines Including Ibuprofen Have Been Linked to Heart Failure in Diabetics

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, government

According to a study presented at ESC Congress 2022, short-term use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is linked to a first-time hospitalization for heart failure in individuals with type 2 diabetes.

NSAIDs are the most common form of anti-inflammatory medication. The most popular NSAIDs include aspirin, ibuprofen (often known as Advil), and naproxen (known by the brand name Aleve and Naprosyn). However, despite their widespread use, these drugs can have side effects.

“In our study, approximately one in six patients with type 2 diabetes claimed at least one NSAID prescription within one year,” said first author Dr. Anders Holt of Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark.” In general, we always recommend that patients consult their doctor before starting a new medication, and with results from this study, we hope to help doctors mitigate risk if prescribing NSAIDs.

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Sep 12, 2022

China lists nearly 9,000 “little-giants” to become a bigger tech powerhouse than the U.S.

Posted by in categories: energy, government

These companies operate in strategically important areas such as semiconductors, manufacturing, energy, and minerals.

The Chinese government has selected 8,997 little-known industrial enterprises that will enjoy preferential treatment from central and provincial governments as the country prepares to supersede the technological prowess of the U.S., South China Morning Post.


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Sep 12, 2022

MD Anderson: Many skin cancer tumors disappear with new therapy

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, government

Sept. 12 (UPI) — More than six in 10 patients with an advanced stage of a common type of skin cancer saw their tumors nearly or completely disappear when treated with immunotherapy before surgery — results likely to change how physicians target these cancers.

That’s according to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, which reported the findings Monday at the European Society for Medical Oncology Congress 2022 in Paris.

Each year, about 1 million people in the United States are diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the skin, and resultant tumors may affect the eyes, ears, nose and mouth.

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Sep 11, 2022

A Recent Chinese Hack Is a Wake-up Call for the Security of the World’s Software Supply Chain

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, government

The almost unnoticed hack of MiMi points to a growing trend of software supply chain attacks, including by the Chinese government.

Sep 6, 2022

Elon Musk’s crypto interview was broadcast on the South Korean government’s YouTube channel that was hacked and renamed ‘SpaceX Invest’

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, Elon Musk, government, space travel

The channel has around 262,000 subscribers and actively posts videos on government policies and current events. It’s the third YouTube account run by South Korea’s government to have been breached in the last two weeks, Korean daily JoongAng Ilbo’s Lee Jian reported.

The identities and motives of those behind the attacks are not immediately known, the paper wrote, citing a statement from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The Korea Tourism Organization’s YouTube channel was breached twice once on Thursday and once on Friday and was suspended until Sunday, JoongAng Ilbo reported.

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Sep 3, 2022

Self-driving cars roll around Austin

Posted by in categories: government, policy, robotics/AI, transportation

AUSTIN (KXAN) Walking around Austin, you may see something surprising — self-driving cars rolling around the roads.

Earlier this year, autonomous vehicle technology company Argo AI launched its driverless operation in Austin. Argo AI public policy and government relations manager Sly Majid said these cars are key to the future of transport.

“Autonomous vehicle technology is incredible,” he said. “The vehicle is doing the dynamic driving tasks; the vehicle is the driver of the car.”

Sep 2, 2022

Google Workers Step Up Protests of $1.2 Billion Israeli Contract

Posted by in categories: government, military, robotics/AI

Google employees are ratcheting up pressure on the internet-search giant to abandon its artificial intelligence work with the Israeli government, planning public demonstrations to draw greater attention to the controversial cloud-computing contract.

A handful of current and former workers spoke on Wednesday alongside Palestinian rights activists in San Francisco to call for the Alphabet Inc.-owned company to end Project Nimbus, a $1.2 billion contract through which Google and Amazon.com Inc. provide the Israeli government and military with AI and cloud services. The seven-year contract went into effect in July 2021. A petition protesting the agreement has received 800 signatures from Google employees, according to one of the organizers.

Sep 2, 2022

Space communications node offers DARPA model for rapid acquisition

Posted by in categories: government, military, satellites

WASHINGTON — The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said it selected teams to help develop an on-orbit satellite communications translator within just eight days of releasing a formal solicitation. Now, the Pentagon agency charged with making investments in transformational technology wants to apply that quick approach to other programs.

DARPA announced last month that 11 teams would participate in Phase 1 its Space-Based Adaptive Communications Node program, dubbed Space-BACN, an in-space terminal designed to help government and commercial satellites communicate.

The capability is increasing in relevance as companies such as SpaceX and organizations including the Space Development Agency launch large constellations of satellites to low Earth orbit, within 1,000 kilometers of the planet’s surface. Awardees range from universities to commercial companies, some of which have never worked with the U.S. Department of Defense. DARPA didn’t announce the total value of the agreements.

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Sep 2, 2022

Congress may tighten scrutiny of US investment in foreign technologies

Posted by in categories: government, robotics/AI, security

Inbound foreign investments in key sectors are reviewed by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). However, screening of outbound investments – a so-called “reverse CFIUS” – would be new, and could significantly impact industries ranging from aerospace and defense to fintech to pharmaceuticals.

How did we get here?

The last several years have witnessed an accelerated national security pivot from the twenty-year global war on terror to strategic competition with major state adversaries. Unclassified assessments of the U.S. national security posture reveal significant threats in domains ranging from artificial intelligence to hypersonic weapons to energy, many of which have been exacerbated by the theft of U.S. technology. The legislation proposing a “reverse CFIUS” review would seek to counter these threats by adding new controls to the flow of U.S. capital and intellectual property abroad.

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